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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

amisom-logo1Location: Somalia


Type: NGO

AMISOM is an active regional peace support mission set up by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union with the full support of the United Nation.

Alongside other training and missions, much of AMISOM’s work deals with the threat of IED and hence C-IED responses. For example, AMISOM train Somalian Army Officers in C-IED awareness. They often take part in joint operations with the Somalian army and police forces to find recover materials used in the making of an IED and recovering IEDs themselves.

Alongside their work with the national army, AMISOM help train local forces in order to protect local communities from IED threats. This may happen further at particularly events and gatherings, such as at Ramadan, when the IED threat is thought to be heightened. Not only will AMISOM train police for such events but they will work in collaboration at the gatherings with them.

AMISOM also help set-up local community initiatives to respond to the threat that the IED poses to civilians. This work is specifically carried out in areas that experience a high-level of IED violence. As part of this work they provide advice and an emergency number so they may respond to threats quickly and give further assitance.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.